The Oklahoma Elks Association's programs are funded by contributions to the Oklahoma Elks Major Projects and the Earl E. James Endowment Scholarship Program. All programs are centered on helping Oklahoma youth and many others less fortunate across the state of Oklahoma.
The Oklahoma Elks State Major Projects has been a proud sponsor of Special Olympics, Oklahoma since its inception in 1977. Special Olympics, Oklahoma is the fifth largest in the country and provides year round sports training and competition to children and adults with mental and physical handicaps. Special Olympics, Oklahoma offers a variety of individual and team sports with local, regional and statewide events.
For many years your Oklahoma Elks Major Projects is proud to have been named to the elite "Major Contributors Category" by the Special Olympics Committee.Special Olympics Oath "Let me win... but if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt."
The mission of Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.
The goal of Special Olympics is for all persons with intellectual disabilities to have the opportunity to become useful and productive citizens who are accepted and respected by their families, friends and in their communities.
Special Camporee is a yearly event that allows special needs children to participate with an assigned Boy Scout Buddy in a weekend outdoor environment which includes canoeing, archery, field games, and crafts.
The extended weekend concludes with the Boy Scout buddies and the special campers sharing skits, songs, campfire and recognition of their accomplishments.
Cadet Lawman Academy is held in early June and is open to high school boys and girls just completing their junior year. The Cadet Lawman Academy is a partnership between the Oklahoma Elks State Major Projects and the Oklahoma Highway Patrol and brings 140 high school juniors to Burns Flat, OK each year to be schooled in defensive driving, firearm safety and respect for law enforcement.
It is a week-long camp put on by volunteer Highway Patrol and Law Enforcement Officers and is designed to give cadets a better understanding and respect for law enforcement. This program is funded by the Oklahoma Elks Major Projects and The Oklahoma Highway Patrol Troopers Association. Oklahoma Elks State Major Projects provides funding for the students and the instructors food, clothing and housing for an entire week.
The Sky's The Limit Ranch offers equine therapeutic interventions for clients who's primary diagnosis range from Cerebral Palsy and Downs Syndrome to traumatic brain injury and strokes. The Sky's The Limit Ranch offers a profound physical and emotional experience by the riding of a horse that cannot be duplicated in a traditional exercise or clinical setting.
Their mission is to instill a hope for a brighter future, a dream of health and happiness and a world full of success in those they serve.
Each year 20 students are awarded $800 scholarships through the Art Bartunek Scholarship Program.
These scholarships are funded through the Earl E. James Endowment Fund, Oklahoma Elk's Charitable Trust and Oklahoma Elks State Major Projects contributions.External source(s): http://www.sook.org/historymission-statement.html